Today, the clock strikes 1234567890 - on Friday the 13th no less!

This Friday the 13th is a special one to your humble desktop computer.  Today the clock will strike 1234567890 seconds since the birth of time as we know it.

If you can think back as far as 1234567890 seconds ago you will possibly recall that computers were a big thing in 1970.  Big companies were starting to use them and programmers were getting tired of devising different ways of counting time and settled on one.  With that, the Unix Epoch began on January 1, 1970 and has been counting every second since.

Have you ever wondered why Macs often revert back to 1969 if you reset the system?  That was the beginning of time as far as your computer is concerned, adjusted to our time zone here in the Cascades of course.  Windows systems rely on different code but the majority of other computers all derive from this initial concept.  Even today, Windows systems rely on external clocks to set themselves and these servers are probably doing things the Unix way too.

Officially your computer will strike this magic second at Friday the 13th, 2009 at 11:31:30pm UTC, or about 2:31:30pm here on the west coast.

What can you expect to happen to your stuff?  Well, this is no Y2K folks.  It makes no difference to your computer whether it is currently 1234567890 or 1234567999 so you have nothing to fret.  The weirdness that is Friday the 13th, however, will probably live on so good luck with those Valentines Day dates you have lined up for tonight.


Ok, we're live.

Hey folks, this blog has been relaunched.  It is far from perfect but it is much improved over the broken template that was my old blog. 

I am going to try to keep this one more focused on the happenings in my life as a consultant.  It will also be more visual, more local, and of course more active than the old one.

Things I love about having gone solo

Looking back, this has been a crazy past few months.  I have gone out on my own and business is starting to trickle in.  Back in September when I set out on this journey I knew many things would change in my life.  Here are some of the ways I have changed since then.

  • University Hours - I have reverted back to my old schedule prior to my workin' man days. Sometimes I work until all hours of the night if a project is due, other days I have breaks to disconnect.
  • Telephone Centric - Since I'm working outside of the downtown core the phone has become a lifeline of social activity.  I have added a VOIP line so I can talk for free with people all over Canada.
  • Tougher Love - A lot of planning needs to go into my projects.  Trying to keep on schedule means I need to put the nice guy routine on hold sometimes. 
  • Seriously Organized - I had to edit my time-tracking script to have it log work for clients directly into their file.  My email is all sorted out now too.  I even have a server-based address book syncing all devices.

It feels good to be here.  In my zen days of university I dreamed of being this organized and having the ability to script some of the business logic.  The coming months shall be productive ones.

Designs, workflow and other small business notes

Well, the holidays are now over and I'm almost a month into my return.  The new year has been a breath of fresh air in many ways.  Some of my learnings include: 

  • Keeping email under control is important.  People like when you get back to them quickly with real information.  Being organized facilitates this.
  • Getting a VOIP line is valuable if you have a fast network and are running out of daytime minutes. 
  • Designing is something I enjoy, but, not something I do all the time - I am used to working with professoinal designers.
  • Health is even more vital to your success.  That means sleeping, getting over colds and flus quickly and having a stable work space.

These things all said, I'm ready to launch some new sites.  They have been steeping for awhile and they are now ready for prime time.  With any luck next week will be full of announcements of new client work.